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Sustainable Spray-On Clothing Technology Turns Into Fabric Instantly

Sustainable Spray-On Clothing Technology Turns Into Fabric Instantly
Advertisement Over the past few years, spray-on body paint that looks like clothing has gotten popular. It’s even starting to show up in television ads and other marketing endeavors. This is the first time though that I’ve seen actual spray-on clothing. This technology, called Fabrican, is based on 15 years of research by fashion designer Manel Torres and particle engineer Paul Luckham. When I think about using spray-on clothing in daily life, the roadblock that I hit in my mind is that we wouldn’t be able to spray our own clothing on our bodies. I wonder if in a few decades from now we’ll all either 3D print our clothes or make them in some other unusual way like this. Spray-On Clothing Technology Creates Non-Woven Fabric (Click Images To Enlarge) (Video Is Slightly NSFW) Via: [Design Rulz] [Designboom] Related:  SustainabilityTrends forecasting

DIY Life: Urban Homesteaders at Kitchen Table Talks At the most recent Kitchen Table Talks in San Francisco close to 100 City dwellers came out in the pouring rain to hear stories from local urban homesteaders, who shared their experiences and insights on ways to become more self-sufficient. Kevin Bayuk, Heidi Kooy, and Davin Wentworth-Thrasher discussed growing and preserving your own food; keeping worms; composting (including the art of the compost toilet); greywater and rainwater catchment systems; and raising goats and chickens (Heidi’s chicken, Sweet Pea, graced us with her beautiful feathers). In case you were wondering, “urban homesteading” has been defined as: 1. Our three homesteaders employ almost all of these ideals and inspired us with their stories and ideas. Kevin Bayuk, a self-described “activated advocate for ecotopian living,” serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Alliance for Sustainability, and teaches with the Urban Permaculture Institute and Urban Permaculture Guild. Organizations/Web Sites Books Back to Basics

33 Insanely Clever Products That Came Out In 2014 5 things fashion students need to know about sustainability | Sustainable-business Our recent live chat provided some wisdom for fashion students, faculty members and consumers alike looking to embed sustainability into education and design practises. Here are the top five things we learned. 1. If a consumer can engage and empathise with the path that an item took - from conceptual design to pattern making to crafting - the more they'll be intrigued. Ditty agreed building narratives is especially important in dealing with stereotypes about sustainable fashion. 2. Some schools, like Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia make sure retailers and local fashion industry players are included in its fashion design programme. Renee Cuocu, education for sustainability projects manager at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, says: "Retailers are a really important link between the designer and customer, and it would be great to see more opportunities for students to engage with retailers with a stronger focus on sustainability." 3. 4.

The Instagram accounts changing the world No one can really dispute the power of social media. Whether it's raising awareness for once-ignored issues, or helping to bring down entire governments, sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are now stronger than ever. Offering people the chance to take pressing political problems into their own hands, it's become a whole new way of addressing everyday social injustice. With their slogan emblazoned across the chests of basically everyone – from Cara Delevingne to Miley Cyrus – the notorious Free The Nipple movement has had no shortage of publicity recently. Born out of desperation and despondency, Amber Amour started the #StopRapeEducate campaign after she was sexually assaulted by her roommate last year. Poet Alyssa Seibert has swapped images for words with her Instagram account. “What attracted me to Instagram was its ability to share with a wider audience the stories I see everyday”, writes photojournalist Ruddy Roye.

Knit a Working Circuit Forget about circuit boards and start thinking about circuit stitches with this illuminating tutorial by electronic art professor Jesse Seay on how to knit your own circuitry. …I developed a method to “print” circuit boards on my knitting machine, with materials that are inexpensive, easily available, and solderable. The method works with both traditional electronic components and with e-textile components. And while I use a knitting machine for rapid production, the materials should work fine for hand knitters. As Seay explains in the introduction, this tutorial assumes that you already know how to knit and shows you how to integrate wiring into your knitting by design a knitting pattern that will allow you to make connections between electronic components, just like an ordinary circuit board. Once you get the hang of it, it’s fun to turn “traditional” circuit designs into knitted circuit designs.[...] Related

Where do your old clothes go? 11 February 2015Last updated at 10:01 ET By Lucy Rodgers BBC News Every year, thousands of us across the UK donate our used clothing to charity - many in the belief that it will be given to those in need or sold in High Street charity shops to raise funds. But a new book has revealed that most of what we hand over actually ends up getting shipped abroad - part of a £2.8bn ($4.3bn) second-hand garment trade that spans the globe. Continue reading the main story How charity clothing donations end up traded abroad. Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main storyContinue reading the main story UK consumers ditch more than a million tonnes of clothing every year. The Western world's growing desire for fast, disposable fashion, fuelled by the ready supply of cheap goods manufactured in China and elsewhere, means we are consuming and then disposing of an ever greater quantity of garments. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote End QuoteDr Andrew BrooksKing's College London

Window Solar Charger - IPPINKA The Window Solar Charger can be used to power your smartphone through sunlight from the window. The charger is a rechargeable lithium battery that holds 1400mAh of electric charge. Because it can stick to any window, it can be used at home, in the car, or at the office. The energy is completely green, as it is all collected through solar panels on the window-facing side of the device. USB and Mini-USB ports provided:

Wearable pineapple fibres could prove sustainable alternative to leather | Business At weddings and formal events in the Philippines, men can often be seen wearing the Barong Tagalog, a thin and transparent embroidered garment worn over a shirt. One of the more surprising materials used in its manufacture are fibres from pineapple leaves – and long strands of the leaves could soon also be used to make a host of other products, from trainers and clothes to bags and car upholstery. Called Piñatex - piña is Spanish for pineapple - the new material was created by Carmen Hijosa, who worked as a consultant in the Philippines leather goods industry in the 1990s. She was unimpressed with the standard of goods produced and started to look for alternatives. It was the strength and the fineness of the pineapple leaf fibres used in the Barong Tagalog that first alerted her that there was another option: “I was looking for an alternative to leather. That was the beginning of my thinking. “We can make shoes, we can make bags. “We are completely new.

Louboutinize This: We Try The New Christian Louboutin Photo Filter App Do you hear that? That's the sound of Christian Louboutin's entire marketing team quietly weeping at the brand's ill-advised attempt to join the ranks of iPhone photo editing software. On paper it sounds great: A new free app from the developer of shoes that cost more than our rent, to make users seem cooler to people they don't even know. Why wouldn't that appeal to the social media generation? Well, here's why not: Firstly, because the market is already highly saturated with the VSCO Cams and Facetunes of the world. Here's what happened when HuffPost UK Style tried to "Louboutinize" our lives... First up was Rouge. I painted my desk red and it felt like I was in hell. Next, Crystallize. Crystallize a memory. Finally, Legs. We reckon Louboutin should just stick to the shoes (and the lipsticks, dear god the amazing lipsticks). SEE ALSO:Can 'Squinching' Make You Look Better In Photos? Close

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